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Oct 4, 2013

Netanyahu struggles to set the terms in Iranian dispute

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week that Iran’s new president was a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, but he himself looked increasingly like a lone wolf as his allies seek to bring Tehran into the fold.

After years of worrying about Iran’s disputed nuclear ambitions, Netanyahu took to the stage at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday and made his most explicit threat yet to attack the Islamic republic unless it ends its atomic program.

Oct 3, 2013

Israel to run for U.N. Security Council seat for 2019-20

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Israel said on Thursday it plans to run for a rotating seat on the U.N. Security Council for the time ever for 2019-2020, although U.N. diplomats said it will not be easy for the Jewish state to win.

“We’re going all out to win,” Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor told Reuters. “It’s about time.”

Oct 1, 2013

Netanyahu at U.N.: Don’t trust Rouhani, Iran’s overtures a ruse

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday dismissed a charm offensive by
Iran’s new president as a ruse concocted by a “wolf in sheep’s
clothing,” and declared that Israel was ready to stand alone to
deny Tehran an atomic weapon.

In a combative address to the U.N. General Assembly,
Netanyahu assailed the trustworthiness of Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s
centrist president who has made diplomatic overtures to the
United States and spoke by telephone last week with President
Barack Obama.

Oct 1, 2013

At U.N., Netanyahu calls Iran’s president ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday dismissed a charm offensive by
Iran’s new president as a ruse concocted by a “wolf in sheep’s
clothing,” and declared that Israel was ready to stand alone to
deny Tehran an atomic weapon.

In a combative address to the U.N. General Assembly,
Netanyahu spoke harshly about Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s new,
centrist president who has made diplomatic overtures to the
United States and spoke by telephone last week with President
Barack Obama.

Oct 1, 2013

Netanyahu to Obama: Tighten sanctions if Iran defies West

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday to step up sanctions on Iran if it pursues its nuclear drive even as it exchanges overtures with Washington and restarts negotiations with the West.

Seeking to reassure Israel about the emerging U.S. diplomatic engagement with Iran, Obama said Tehran must prove its sincerity with actions, insisted that Washington would not ease sanctions prematurely and reaffirmed U.S. readiness to resort to military action if all else fails.

Sep 30, 2013

Stop asking me how to fix Congo, says Rwanda’s Kagame

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rwandan President Paul Kagame says he doesn’t understand why people keep asking him how to end decades of conflict in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, despite accusations by U.N. experts that Rwanda backs Congolese rebels.

“It’s like, you know, the world has decided, for Congo, you ask Rwanda. Why? I don’t understand,” Kagame told Reuters on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York.

Sep 30, 2013

Israel’s Netanyahu meets Obama, will urge no let-up on Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will warn President Barack Obama in White House talks on Monday that Iran’s diplomatic “sweet talk” cannot be trusted and will urge him to keep up the pressure to prevent Tehran from being able to make a nuclear bomb.

While Obama will attempt to reassure Netanyahu that he will not act prematurely to ease sanctions on Iran, growing signs of a U.S.-Iranian thaw have rattled Israel and could make for a tense encounter between the two leaders, who have not always seen eye-to-eye on the Iranian nuclear dispute.

Sep 30, 2013

Israel’s Netanyahu to press Obama for no let-up on Iran pressure

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will warn President Barack Obama at
a meeting on Monday that Iran’s diplomatic “sweet talk” cannot
be trusted and will urge him to pressure Tehran to prevent it
being able to make a nuclear bomb.

While Obama will attempt to reassure Netanyahu that he will
not act prematurely to ease sanctions on Iran, growing signs of
a U.S.-Iranian thaw have rattled Israel and could make for a
tense encounter between the two leaders, who have not always
seen eye-to-eye on the Iranian nuclear dispute.

Sep 29, 2013

Iran is biggest test for Obama’s often rocky ties with Netanyahu

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Six months after U.S. President Barack Obama eased a strained relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to Israel dubbed “Operation Desert Schmooze,” the two leaders now face the biggest test of whether they can work together – and the stakes are higher than ever.

A diplomatic charm offensive by new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has suddenly opened up a gap between the White House and Netanyahu’s government. How they respond could have far-reaching implications for their political legacies as well as the future stability of the Middle East.

Sep 25, 2013

Iranian leader’s smooth diplomacy poses new challenge for Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A charm offensive toward the West by Iran’s new president and his nuanced approach to his predecessor’s Holocaust denial have run into an Israeli wall of suspicion hardened by Tehran’s nuclear pursuits.

Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, will not be fooled by Hassan Rouhani’s international outreach and the world must not be either.